Posted by: Patrick Barbanes | December 11, 2008

This Chapter of Republic Windows Saga May Finally Be Ending (Again)

This from the union site at 8:37 p.m. CST:

Negotiations at Republic Conclude; Workers to Make Final Decision
Negotiations on behalf of UE Local 1110 members occupying the Republic Doors and Windows plant have concluded, with the UE negotiating committee heading back to the plant to discuss bargaining results with the 260 workers who have occupied the plant in shifts since Friday night.

Bargaining began for the third day this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with all of the parties involved in the occupation, including Bank of America.

Now, it’s up to the Local 1110 members to hear what the committee has to say, discuss the issues and then make their decision by democratic vote.

A statement to the press will be made shortly at the factory at 1333 N. Hickory.

Then this from at 8:57 CST:

BOFA extends loan to pay protesting workers
Posted: 09:57 PM ET

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — Bank of America has agreed to extend a $1.35 million loan to a failed Chicago window manufacturer so the company can meet federal obligations to its laid off workforce, the bank’s Illinois president said Wednesday.

Earlier, union representatives said negotiations had ended and the negotiation committee was on its way to report to more than 200 workers who have occupied the Republic Windows and Doors factory since the lay-offs went into effect on Friday.

Illinois bank president David Rodis said that the additional loan — Bank of America had previously cut off credit to Republic, prompting the closure and lay-offs — would “be used exclusively to pay its employees.”

And the Huffington Post at 10:08 p.m. ET:

Workers are voting on a proposal to end a sit-in at a Chicago window and door factory that’s come to symbolize the plight of laid-off laborers.

Union organizer Leah Fried says negotiations to determine the fate of scores of workers holed up in the Republic Windows & Doors plant ended Wednesday night, the sixth day of the protest.

Fried says the tentative agreement needs worker approval for the sit-in to end.

It was negotiated between parties that include the plant’s owners, union leaders and Bank of America. Fried declined to release details, pending the vote.

Now, assuming the workers WILL get paid what they’re owed, to what extent did Republic Windows operate in bad faith? That may be the next chapter.



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